I am working on a book on DNA, or more precisely, I hope to explain the technology of life in a modern and fun way, with DNA at the center.
Inspired by Rob Fitzpatrick’s very useful book “Write Useful Books”, I am hoping to involve potential readers early and often in the writing process.
On this site you’ll find sample chapters and experiments, starting with:
- Housekeeping notes
- Trial of first chapter with real content: A brief history of 4 billion years of life
- Trial second chapter: The size of life: 350 kilobytes?
- Early stage of table of contents
There is already a lot of content on my blog, some of which will be incorporated in the book. The start of this project in 2001 may also be a fun, if somewhat unpolished read: DNA seen through the eyes of a coder.
I know there are typos in the sample chapters, and that things are not yet good. It needs pictures. I am however very interested in hearing if this kind of stuff excites you. Drop me a message on firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to receive a note if the book is done, or if you’d like to be a beta reader. There will be no spam, unless you ask me to keep you updated on the progress.
And of course, real early feedback is also welcome! I’d love to hear what you’d hope to get out of a book like this, and what kind of topics you would be interested in.
Thank you for your interest, and I hope to hear from you!